4-11-18

Canada’s Pipeline Obstacles

Ref: Our 4-7-18 Post

Braid: Coming soon, the NDP bill to choke off fuel to BC.  Calgary Herald.  Called the Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act, it will enable cuts ofAlberta fuel shipments to B.C.’s Lower Mainland. This will likely apply to oil, natural gas and refined products, including gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel. And the restrictions probably won’t just apply to pipeline shipments.


Insuring a pipeline: Kinder Morgan faces risks that only government can address.  CBC.ca.  The resulting Pipeline Debate was one of the most intense political events in Canadian history. The Conservatives under John Diefenbaker were strongly opposed, as were the CCF. They fought vigorously in Parliament, but the majority Liberals pushed it through. This debate helped define the 1957 …


EDITORIAL: Who’s in charge, anyway?  The Gulf News.  In Alberta, there have been mutterings about everything from stopping oil supply to B.C. to adding tolls on B.C. natural gas headed for the U.S. All of those … If you’re opposed to funding the CBC, opposed to pipelines or in favour of them, you should be able to voice your opinion to the politicians whose …


By David Ljunggren OTTAWA Petroleumworld 04 11 2018.  Petroleumworld.com.  The company, losing patience with moves by politicians and activists to block plans to almost triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline, is vowing … asked by the Calgary Herald newspaper whether her government would buy out Kinder Morgan Canada’s stake in the pipeline if necessary, replied: …


Scotiabank CEO concerned over Trans Mountain fate, Canadian competitiveness.  Calgary Herald.  TORONTO — The chief executive of one of Canada’s largest banks is adding his voice to the chorus of concern over the fate of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, warning that the country could lose its competitive edge and the suspension of work could have a …


GUNTER: Politics, not economics, behind Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountainpipeline problems.  Calgary Herald.  And not one of the three – the federal Liberals, the Alberta NDP and the B.C. NDP – really, truly wants Kinder Morgan to go ahead. Oh, sure, Premier Notley is doing her finest impersonation of a pro-pipeline politician. Her political future depends on it. But the energy sector and energy workers don’t need …


EARLIER WE OBSERVED THAT CANADA AND THE US COULD LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.  TODAY WE URGE READERS TO NOTE THIS RATIONAL FOR PRODUCING IN NORTH AMERICA RATHER THAN ABROAD!

Editorial: Emissions rules aren’t fair.  Calgary Herald.  This means that when Eastern Canada buys its fuel from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Nigeria and Angola, the oil isn’t just produced using less rigorous environmental standards than those in Canada. It also means the oiltankers that transport foreign oil to our shores aren’t subjected to …



Alaska

2018 NJUS Budget Passed; Reps From State LNG Project Visit During Council Meeting.

Rosetta Alcantra

Knom (blog).  … to the last item on the agenda, two representatives from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) came into the room. Rosetta Alcantra (AGDC Photo), Vice President of Communications for the corporation, summarized why she was in Nome talking about the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ….


Walker’s bills to swap oil tax credit debt for bond debt making progress.  Currently, Alaska owes nearly $900 million to companies in the form of oil tax credits.


General

We sympathize with the editorial below (Which also appears in the ADN, here), for the author’s reasons and other reasons related to the Administration’s: croney appointments, expropriating Alaska’s potential gas export business, socializing of an imprudent Fairbanks gas distribution scheme, expanding Medicaid when Alaska is mired in a fiscal crisis, and so much more….

We are disgusted by the House majority’s rejection last year of several hundred suggestions from its minority for reducing state government operating costs as one important tool for confronting the 49th State’s self-imposed fiscal crisis.

In short, with its small population we regret that Alaska’s elected officials seem to be verifying a frightening notion of insufficient leadership.  Perhaps it is true that a small population cannot help but produce a tiny gene pool of talent incapable of managing such a big state, blessed with such great opportunity but encumbered by such great greed.  -dh


Dear Alaska:

I loved you so much, I would have done anything for you. Then you gave criminals more rights than me. I’m a little surprised that you did not try harder to protect the jobs of those who pay for your streets and those who protect your streets. I’m a little surprised by how little you value your police officers, paramedics, teachers, oil workers and fishermen.

Instead, you steal from me, you help others steal from me, you bind the hands of those who can help me. Maybe you have been told you were majestic just one too many times. Pristine snow, milky rivers the color of the brightest blue in the Caribbean, dancing northern lights in the night sky. Moose, bears, caribou, wolves, lynx, eagles, whales, salmon will never make up for the fact that you cheated on me.

Alaska, once my lover, after all the lawyers, police officers, engineers, teachers, bankers and other honest people have given up on you, all that will be left are the criminal junkies you protected to save a dollar. I can’t even imagine why I ever put up with thieves stealing my mail, breaking into my cars (WHILE I WAS HOME WITH MY BABIES), drive-by shootings in the better parts of town. Not to mention your bitter attitude between Halloween and Mother’s Day, the extra money I pay for skin lotion during those months, tanning, happy lights, two sets of tires every year, airline tickets. Oh, the airline tickets.

Every year I spend far too large a percentage of my yearly income to admit on tickets just to avoid you. When I get home, you whisper sweet promises of long days camping and fishing with my family. Those sweet promises are taken away all too soon. You rained on my Charlie Daniels, Crystal Gale and even Pat Benatar. We all know you have your dark side (18.5 hours of darkness in Anchorage to be exact). I do not envy those who tolerate 24 hours of darkness and negative-degree weather for months at a time. I guess they loved you more than I ever did.

Gone are the days of Jon Krakauer, John Muir. Gone are the days of beauty and simplicity. They too left when some discovered it’s far too easy to sell Vicodin and Everclear in villages for over 10 times their retail value.

I am leaving you. You can keep your criminals and junkies you love so much. You can keep your long, dark cold. You can keep your stupid sweater. Everyone in Alaska has the same sweater anyway. They bought it at Costco. NOBODY should ever have to pay $8.99 for a basket of tasteless strawberries, EVER!

All my friends have left because of you. That’s it, I am done, I am leaving you, Alaska. Don’t even bother filing for joint custody of the children. They will forget you ever existed after they discover what a roadside fruit stand is.

If you ever decide to get your act together, call me.

So much love,

Amanda Boozenny

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About the Author:

Dave Harbour, publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines, is a former Chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, a Commissioner Emeritus of NARUC, NARUC's Official Representative to IOGCC and Vice Chairman of NARUC's Gas Committee. He served as Gas Committee Chairman of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners. He also served as commissioner of the Anchorage Bicentennial Commission and the Anchorage Heritage Land Bank Commission.He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree: English, at Colorado State University, a Master of Science Degree: Communications-Journalism at Murray State University and graduated from Utility Regulatory School for Commissioners at Michigan State University. He served as a Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Alaska Pacific University, taught bank marketing classes at the University of Alaska and was an English teacher at Los Alamos High School.Harbour served in ranks of Private - Captain during a 4-year assignment with the Army in Korea, Idaho, Georgia and Fort Meade and received the Meritorious Service Medal among other commendations.Harbour is also a past Chairman of the Alaska Council on Economic Education, the Alaska Oil & Gas Association Government Affairs Committee, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Export Council of Alaska and the Department of Commerce's District Export Council. He is a past President of the Alaska Press Club, American Bald Eagle Foundation, Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska and Common Sense for Alaska.Harbour was instrumental in founding the American Bald Eagle Research Institute (UAS), the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, the Downtown Anchorage Business Partnership, and Arctic Power.He also served as CEO of several small Alaska organizations, including the Anchorage Parking Authority and Action Security, Inc. Harbour is also Chairman Emeritus of the Alaska Oil & Gas Congress.Harbour's wife, Nancy, is a professional, performing arts administrator and his three boys, Todd, Benjamin and William work in the fields of environmental management, energy marketing and medicine.